Our new billboard is up, across the street from our main campus in Kalamazoo and the message—that skin cancer from too much sun is not ‘made in the shade’—is meant to get us all thinking about protecting our skin as the summer season approaches.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. 

So, what can you do to reduce your chances of getting skin cancer?  The American Cancer Society recommends these sun safe behaviors for all people every day:

  • Limit the amount of time spent in direct sun when it’s most intense—generally from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wear protective clothing when out in the sun, including long sleeves, sunglasses and a hat that shades the face, neck and ears
  •  Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on all skin that isn’t covered
  •  Protect skin even on cool or cloudy days

You should also regularly examine your skin for early signs of skin cancer.  And have your doctor check you over during periodic health exams.